Football Administrator Dares FIFA To Ban Nigeria


Harisson Ijala, a Nigerian football administrator and ex-international, has said the world football governing body, FIFA, can go ahead to ban the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, from international football.

FIFA on Tuesday wrote the federation, informing it that it will impose a ban on its activities in football by 12:00pm (CAT) on August 20, if football administration in the country is not handed back to the Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee.

Ijala, speaking on Wednesday on Channels Television's Sport Tonight, said Nigeria is a sovereign nation, whose law FIFA must respect.

He also said the game's global body ignored a court order which stopped Pinnick's election in September of 2014.

"We are a sovereign country. Is it that FIFA don't respect laws in other countries? And then, they need to tell us what we have done wrong by quoting the necessary parts of their statutes that we have contravened.

"There was a court order stopping Pinnick's election in 2014, but no one is talking about that. Giwa then went to the High Court, he won, Pinnick appealed and his own election was upheld. Then Giwa went to the Supreme Court; the highest court in Nigeria and the judgment went in his favour", so this thing is simple. We are also football administrators and we have read all the rules. Let FIFA bring their ban", he said.

The former Nigerian player further condemned the invasion of the NFF's Secretariat by officials of the Departments of State Services, DSS, in Abuja, saying the action is to "intimidate others."

Some protesters had stormed the glass house also on Wedenesday, over the continuous occupation by DSS' officials.

"It is obvious that someone is using the DSS to intimidate others and it won't work. It is not right and unacceptable," Ijala added

Latest in this Category